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"A Diaspora Character if ever there was one" [Jun. 5th, 2009|09:15 pm]
Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations
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The origins of Spock as the "Other", the "Outsider" and the Vulcan salute:

As an agnosto-atheist, the whole idea of the essence of god thing doesn't really do it for me.
However, I come from a family of Kohanim (the Priest tribe of the Jewish people) and the one time a year I do attend shul (synagogue) it's to hear and sing "Kol Nidrei" and to see my father and brother bless the congregation.
The shul my family attends isn't Orthodox, it's very egalitarian(1) - women wear kippah and tallitot, etc.

Everything Leonard Nimoy said there, I find it rings so true to the way I perceive Judaism, though not the kind that I ever experienced, nor do I think will I ever, considering where I am from and the fact that one must believe.
Which, as I've mentioned, I do not.
Like Roddenberry, I'd consider myself a Humanist, despite the problematic history of that word, but I'm a bit too Jewish for that so I like this(2) more than anything else.

(1)Though not enough for daughters of Kohanim to be able to go up to the Bimah and bless the congregation.
(2)Humanistic Judaism

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[User Picture]From: skywardprodigal
2009-06-05 06:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks for sharing the video. It's very cool. I'm tickled that he took a sacred blessing, put a version of it on Star Trek, and has been having it bestowed on him by thousands upon thousands of strangers.

On the :( tip: "Humans shake hands, Vulcan's bow." Even him, with his love of plurality and diversity, even he has a problematic idea of "human" and Asian that doesn't bear close analysis and come out looking of win.
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From: capriuni
2009-06-05 07:09 pm (UTC)
that doesn't bear close analysis and come out looking of win.


Also: I want to make an icon of that line. Because it can be applied to so much.
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[User Picture]From: skywardprodigal
2009-06-05 07:14 pm (UTC)
You're welcome to quote me, sure.

Thank you so much for asking. :)
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From: eumelia
2009-06-06 05:44 am (UTC)
That was a bit of a double-take for me as well.

However, as I say to friends and myself who are aware enough to appreciate it; we are still trapped inside the old language and race paradigm and sometimes old society indoctrination will come out without our noticing it - I know for myself and beat myself up about it after.
I can only hope that a self aware man like Nimoy also gave though to that afterwards.
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